Happy Cog’s Yesenia Perez-Cruz has had enough of “One Size Fits All” productivity systems:
Every week, it seems, someone has discovered “the new way to work that everyone should be doing.” While I love a healthy process debate, I find discussions that promote a one-size-fits-all design approach problematic… A good process works for me, my teammates, and the client team. It’s tailored to the problems I’m solving and is built from a collection of interchangeable parts.
Amen. This is one of the reasons we sometimes give varying advice here at 99U, like writing about how to set rules for your email versus scrapping it all together. Or advocating time-off versus encouraging a little hustle. The concept of “productivity systems” encourages a passive approach: “just let the system do the work!” Instead, we must be sure to borrow a little bit from everyone and always be critically (and honestly) analyzing our process.